Join the Butler Crew on the Britt Hill to see the John Butler Trio!

Just a reminder: the John Butler Trio will be performing at Britt this Thursday! John BUTLER… as in Chuck BUTLER… as in, John is Chuck’s nephew! Needless to say, we at Butler Auto are beyond proud to be sponsoring the John Butler Trio’s Britt appearance on September 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. For info on the band, visit: www.johnbutlertrio.com and http://jbtserver.com/blog/. For the complete 2011 Britt Festival line-up, visit: http://www.brittfest.org/performances. Can’t wait to see you on the hill!

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Road Trip: The Agony and the Ecstasy

‘Tis the season for that most American of summertime activities: the end-of-the-season, last-fling-before-school-starts road trip! (Why we love them so much: http://tinyurl.com/4xkgblm) Who among us doesn’t have a story about the perils of hitting the road with the people we profess to love the most – whether relatives or friends? My memories are of the 13-year old me narrowly avoiding being left on the side of the road. It sounds harsh but the reality is that after nearly 2000 miles of reading every card in the Trivial Pursuit Game (the Genus
Edition… in case you were wondering) *out loud* on a family drive to South Dakota, I’m lucky to have been allowed in the car for the return trip home. Or, on that same route a few years later, the certainty with which I knew we were all going to die when our car overheated and stalled in the Nevada desert. It was hours before we could flag down another driver for help. Heck, it was hours before another driver even happened by. The midafternoon sun was brutal as vultures circled menacingly overhead. At least that’s how I remember it.

In the end, though, my family bonded over the long hours cooped up in a small space together. We learned to rely on each other, we learned tolerance… we even learned how to create our own fun, imminent disaster or no.

We’d love to hear *your* stories… about the automotive meltdowns, accidental side trips, and the characters you almost certainly met along the way. In the meantime, here’s a
link to a collection of road trip comics to keep you entertained: http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/r/road_trip.asp. Happy travels!

Of Kayaks, Cards and Corporate Policy: Why Butler Takes the Cake

It is so much fun to say this: Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, it did! Family, friends, even strangers heaped so much love on me during the first few hours of my birthday last week that it didn’t seem possible anyone could top it. But, I work at Butler so, I should have known better.

This is what I arrived at work to find: my office brilliantly decorated with kayak-themed lights, trinkets and balloons, blue streamers swaying from the ceiling in a not-half-bad swirling eddy imitation. Flowers, cards, candy, one too-pretty-to-be-real cupcake, and a cake so cute I wanted to hang it on the wall.

From my perspective, this is what it means to work for Butler Automotive; to feel understood, appreciated and loved, and not in a phony corporate-policy, here’s-a-key-chain-with-our-logo-on-it kind of way. There is warmth and heart in this company. And even though the auto business can be challenging, the fact that we like each other makes the work fun… and, when not fun, at least manageable. When we say we are a family, we mean it. And when it comes to a job I already love, working with such a close-knit family is icing on the cake.

My sincerest thanks to Chuck and Linda Butler, Warren Cooper, and my marketing partners-in-crime Karen and Kayla, for making me feel like the most special birthday girl on earth.